Big Twitch IPA | Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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72 Ratings
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Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States
marshallwharf.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 2nd place IPA. Only the Cant Dog is stonger, although arguments abound as to who is hoppier. A session IPA? NO! But you can try if you want. One of our personal favorites around the bar.

Added by Durge on 04-03-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
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0
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Neutral aroma, on tap at Great Lost Bear. Golden coloured body with a white head and very lacey. Above average mouthfeel and good malt backbone. Some hoppyness,a little fruit, but rather below what I would expect from an IPA these days, and certainly not a DIPA as marketed.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Digging through my notes, had this at the brewery during the Pemaquid Mussel Festival.

Pours a hazy reddish orange color with light head.

Nose light malty, citrus, bit of pine, light floral hops, bit of reddish malt.

Taste brings piney hops, apricot, tangerine, chewy and spicy hops, fairly bitter, some sweet malts that get a bit chewy. Finish has a long bitter earthy grassy hop finish.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice IPA, pretty much defines an east coast style, and almost DIPA like but not quite.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Three Tides, Belfast, ME

A nice flavorful IPA that isn't overbearingly hoppy. Poured a clear amber with a finger of off-white head that receded to a thin film. Piney hops and mild citrus in the aroma. Sweet toasted malts up front in the taste--which always throws me off in an IPA, even though it is more characteristic for American-style IPAs--piney hops following, with an alcohol bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Three Tides and served in a pint glass, the beer pours a deep copper coloring, with amber highlights, and a filmy head. Aromas of light caramel and heavy orange citrus, with fresh, green, spicy hops. The flavor is crisp, with peppery green spiced hops and a burst of lemon zest. Very light, but smooth in mouth. The aftertaste keeps the caramel sweetness, with a quick, foamy finish. Tasty brew, and it goes well with rich foods.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another solid offering tapped at the Great Lost Bear in Portland. Perhaps I need to move there...

Pretty, non-polished copper body with a medium creamy white head.
I can smell some hops without even trying. Piney with a bit of resin. Some malt thrown in there to provide a short round of sweetness

A fairly heavy does of bite for this one. Alcohol and pine give the resin more clinging power, something that doesn't go too well with meals. But I was done eating, so I drank this one happily. Caramel and sweetbread didn't stand a chance with the hop bill. This one bites

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Great Lost Bear, Portland, Maine.

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured crystal malt, fruity esters, some dark fruit and a piney hop.

The taste consisted of balmy malts, some caramel and a secondary hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty malt driven DIPA.

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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Lost Bear. The big twitch pours an amber orange color with OK head retention and lacing. On the nose, I can't say I was hugely impressed. There is some light hoppiness, but it's overwhelmed by the sweet malty aroma. Flavors on the palate exactly replicate the nose, with this beer tasting more like an amber ale, with a touch of extra hops. It's still mostly on the dry side, but I really wish this beer had a bit more flavor. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and alcohol appears to be pretty low. It's not intrusive, but frankly I could really care less. This beer is not interesting enough to be particularly drinkable.

There are just too many good IPA's out there for me to ever want to order this beer again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange, very light lacing on the tulip glass, no carbonation. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. Not alot of flavor going on, big hop bitterness at the end that lingers, somewhat dry finish. A little earthy, faint malts, decent amount of hops in the flavor. I would definitely order this again, don't let my low rating taint this beer, it's a good one for a hop head - that I am.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear but somewhat dark amber color. Well built cap. Random lacing.

S-My first thought was how this one was mostly balanced. Sweetness with a pretty buttoned up hoppiness. Think of the standard citrus, pine, caramel and bread crew.

T-Closely approximates the nose. Both malt and hop are robust. Hops offer grass and pine and citrus. Malt relies upon a chewy caramel and muffiny pairing. A trace of alcohol.

M-Fuller bodied. Bitterness sneaks up behind the sweetness. Heats me up a little. Chewy. Medium carbonation.

O-A fairly pedestrian DIPA that reminds me of DIPAs past rather than DIPAs present. Still happy with the pint.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Great Lost Bear. In a tulip glass, the beer was a dark amber color with a big white head and decent lacing. It had a mostly floral aroma, as well as a little bit of citrus. Roles were reversed in the taste. Primarily grapefruit, a little bit of pine, and some malt taste to balance things out. Nice beer, would drink this anytime.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine last night. It was a dark amber color, slightly brown with a nice light tan-ish head and good lacing. The aroma hinted at some piney hops and fair malt, but it was not very strong as I was told it should be a pretty hoppy option. The flavor did bring a little more bitterness than the aroma suggested. Earthy hops and malt blend with a peppery harshness (nothing extreme). It was well carbonated an a fairly easy drinker with solid constitution but I don't recall any subtleties in the flavor beyond this, although i did pick up on an unusual sort of saltiness that actually wasn't too bad a quality in this case. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't a bit "bigger" but it followed a glass of red wine as well as one of Big Foot Barleywine, so maybe it needs another chance on it's own some time. Not bad at all really, definitely deserving a try.

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Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into The Great Lost Bear on 05Aug11 with Artied2 and his buddy Al for some grub and grog. I went for this new offering to satisfy my hop craving.

Served in a tulip, perhaps 10oz or so, it was a clear, deep copper color. Head was thin and wispy, off-white, and left just some light lacing. Aroma had lots of rindy, pithy character; quite enticing. Smooth on the tongue with very light prickle, it was medium bodied all the way.

Lead off with a touch of toasty malt, though that didn't last long at all. Loads of hops came next, bringing piney, resiny, pithy citrus to the palate. Quite puckery, and the hoppage lingered quite well. A solid accompaniment to my jerk chicken sammich. Prosit!!

4 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Lost Bear

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Reagan1984
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my Father-In-Law for bringing me a growler of this beer back from Maine.

Pint pours with a scant finger of off white head. The beer is a lightly hazy amber color. No lacing.

Aroma is of toasted malt with some fruit. In fact, rather fruity with lots of berry notes.

Definitely an East Coast IPA. Lots of toasted malt and as much fruit in the flavor as the aroma. Some grape and also other berry. Very toasty with a slight yeast note at the end. Really drinks more like an APA vs. IPA

Carbonation a bit subdued, but it might be because I waited 2 days to open the growler. Still fine.

A decent local IPA, but frankly doesn't break through the clutter.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: tulip style glass, amber in color with a head that shows average retention and some lace

s: tropical hop aromas on a sweet, lightly caramelized malt body, fruity esters prominent, on the malty side for the style

m: carbonation low and smooth, medium bodied

t: sweet body of lightly caramelized malts, estery, hop flavors within the tropical fruit range moving towards some piney bitterness in the finish, the bitter comes in quite late and is just enough to give some balance though things still tend towards the malt side, warms well with more character coming out, light alcohol

d: a decent ipa but very much unrefined, drinks well enough

draft at Great Lost Bear, Portland, ME

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Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at the Great Lost Bear in Portland

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a caramel color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemony and floral hops followed by caramel and crystal and a little alcohol in the rear too.

Taste: Same as above. Balanced with light bitterness in the rear. Very clean and straightforward flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, light bitterness, medium carbonation, and a little booze.

Overall: Second time around with this one and enjoying it quite a bit. Will be looking for these in cans some day.

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Big Twitch IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
3.83 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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